A superbly illustrated series of three books illustrating 303 Squadron, one of the most famous fighter squadrons in history. With nearly 200 pages per volume, packed full of original wartime photos, fact boxes and biographies. A great modern squadron history.
Much has been written about the success of 303 Squadron in the Battle of Britain, but the entire history of the unit deserves description, not just those few glorious months of 1940.
During the Battle of Britain, 303 Squadron was an elite unit in the most exact sense of the term, being formed almost entirely of well-trained and combat-experienced pilots and ground crews.
VOLUME I: 1779 – 13 JULY 1941 covers the early days of the famous “Kosciusko” squadron, from its formation in Poland, through the glory days of the Battle of Britain up to the summer of 1941 when RAF Fighter Command embarked upon a costly offensive campaign over France.
VOLUME II: 14 JULY 1941 – 12 NOVEMBER 1943 covers the mid-war years when allied air forces gradually mounted pressure over the Continent, preparing step by step for the eventual invasion of France.
VOLUME III: 13 NOVEMBER 1943 – PRESENT DAY describes the last years of 303 Squadron’s WW2 history, including D-Day operations over Normandy and final strike at the heart of the Third Reich. I concludes with the rebirth of the “Kosciuszko” Squadron’ traditions in free Poland.